The former Sealink and Stena Line passenger and vehicle ferry LE RIF (ex STENA GALLOWAY, GALLOWAY PRINCESS) has still yet to enter service on the Algeciras – Tangier Med route for new operator DWLM. It had been previously reported by NIFS that she would return to service in September or October.
According to Informations Ferry Moroc (in French) the Belfast-built vessel is still expected leave Naples before the end of 2017, though at present there does not seem to be a definite date set for her return to service. LE RIF previously operated on the Algeciras – Tangier route from 2002 until 2013, when she was abandoned following the financial collapse of her owner/operator IMTC. At the time there were also rumours of serious a serious mechanical failure onboard the vessel.
DWLM (Detroit World Logistic Maritime) purchased LE RIF at auction for 11 million Moroccan Dirhams (approx $0.8m US) in 2016, before spending a further 70 million Dirhams (approx $7.4m USD) on her refurbishment and overhaul at Jobson Italia, Naples.
Detroit World Logistic Maritime (DWLM) are a new Moroccan owned company. They have a website here and a Facebook page here.
Title image: LE RIF pictured at Naples during her 70 million Morrocan Dirhams refurbishment. © DWLM.